Sony releases PS3 1.90 and PSP 3.52 firmware updates

Posted on July 24, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PS3, PSP.

Today, Sony released updates for PS3 and PSP firmware. The PSP firmware only includes security upgrades and support for more titles on the playable network.

The PS3 firmware update has more features then the PSP update. The new update includes messaging smilies (emotions), support for custom wallpapers for the XMB (Cross Media Bar). New AVCHD video playback (whatever that is) support from external devices, better DMB hard drive game sorting. It also includes improved CD audio quality from HDMI or digital audio out. A cool new eject disk function (an option you can do via the controller), and 1080p24 HDMI output for Blu-Ray media.

So nothing super exciting, but nonetheless some new features.

New screens arrive from Madden 08

Posted on July 17, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GBA, GCN, Mac OSX, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox360.

EA unleashed seven new screenshots from the next installment in their (exclusive) NFL football video game franchise, Madden 08, and quite frankly, it looks fantastic- if it’s real-time, and I don’t think it is. Click the first image to see the gallery.

Madden 08

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Sony attacks the Xbox 360

Posted on July 13, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: E3 2007, Gaming, PS3, Xbox360.

Sony marketing VP, Peter Dille, attempted to put glory to his Blu-Ray playing Waffle Iron, the PS3, by stating that HD-DVD was going to be obsolete (but we all knew that, that’s how the lifecycle of technology works) and went far enough to attack the Xbox 360.

The Sony VP “questions” Microsoft in the console market and points out that it has no running ground. “They’ve never made a dime in this business.” Which can be debatable. His next points of why the Xbox 360 is failing are quite amusing. Peter deems the Xbox 360 having an “inconsistent design” and goes on to describe that “some have a hard drive, some don’t, and none of them have Blu-Ray, and the HD-DVD will be out of business in a matter of months. Is this a ten year product?”

10 years? Really now? Sony has never had a console in the market [without a successor] for longer than 10 years. The PlayStation lasted about 5 years before the PlayStation 2 was released. And the PlayStation 2 was obsolete in 6 years.

In order to¬†impress all Sony fanboys, and to make himself flamebait, he stated that the Xbox 360 “doesn’t even work”. Wow. Let me check that. Surprise! My Xbox 360 turned on! Amazing!

“I don’t think that’s a ten year product. You could disagree with me, or they could disagree with me, but I’d put that up against the PS3 any day.”

But he surely would never put any other Sony product (the PSP, PS2 or PSX) up against anyone.

Steven Spielberg loves the Wii, signs of new Sci-Fi games to come?

Posted on July 11, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: E3 2007, Gaming, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox360.

Steven Spielberg playing the WiiElectronic Arts (EA) also announced today at E3 several things:

  1. There are three new titles in the works that no one has heard about until now
  2. Steven Spielberg loves the Wii
  3. Spielberg is going to help create new games for EA
  4. Those 3 games are going to be wrote by him
  5. 2 of those games are currently in development at Electronic Arts’ Los Angeles studios
  6. EA would only tell us 2 of the 3 games

It turns out that Spielberg loves video games, as he noted, “I am a gamer myself and game development has always intrigued me”. Turns out that he will be writing 3 new storylines for untitled games that will release sometime in the future.

The first game is going to be a Wii exclusive and will be using the WiiMote’s motion capabilities a lot. From what we were told it sounds like they made some sort of WarioWare game involving blocks. It will feature multi-player, co-op and of course, single player. Players will also “use the Wii remote to build your own fun games and structures or turn the same Wii remote into a destructive tool to bring them crashing down.”

The second game is an action-packed adventure that takes you on an emotional epic quest where your actions change the story. “The game focuses on a touching and ever-changing relationship between you and a mysterious female character who holds the key to many futures”. In real life terms, this means that the game is a mix between Final Fantasy, Fable, and Tales of Symphonia. According to EA, the game will only be for the PC, Xbox 360 and the PS3.

EA didn’t reveal the last game to anyone as of yet, but we will watch over them and let you know if we hear anything from them soon.

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EA Reveals Madden NFL 08 soundtrack

Posted on June 29, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GCN, Mac OSX, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox360.

Madden NFL 08 Soundtrack listingEA Tiburon (the EA studio in Florida), has just released a list of songs to be featured in the newest Madden NFL game that releases this August. This year’s game will be the series 18th game. A random fact about the series is that it has sold 60 million copies, which nets around $2 billion dollars for EA Tiburon Studios. The game is supposed to feature 27 songs, yet EA only gave us 15 songs in the list. Nice counting EA.

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Kevin Durant to be this year’s face of NCAA 08

Posted on June 26, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PS2, PS3, Xbox360.

Kevin DurantEA Sports has announced Kevin Durant as their pick of this year’s basketball player to be on the cover of NCAA 2008. Kevin will be the second youngest sports player and the fourth teenager to appear on the cover of an EA Sports game. The youngest is a 16 year old Soccer player named Freddy Adu. Kevin’s appearance will also be the first time two alumni from the same school ever have appeared on a EA Sports box. NCAA 08 is currently in development and will release when the collage basketball season starts up.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ships today

Posted on by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GBA, Mac OSX, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox360.

According to EA, the newest Harry Potter game is shipping today to stores, where it will release on June 28th in Europe and the US. The game takes you through the 5th book, where you are creating an army slowly to defeat the users of the dark arts. While the game has a story line, it encourages you to explore all around the school, attending classes is mostly optional in the game.

The game releases for the PS3 and the Xbox 360 ($60 dollars), Wii ($50 dollars),  PS2 and PSP ($40 dollars), and the Nintendo DS, GBA, PC, and Mac OSX ($30 dollars). There will also be a port for cell phone users as well.

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Transformers comes out today

Posted on by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PC, PS3, Xbox360.

Transformers, the game based on the movie, has released today in stores. The game goes with the overused plot line in most games, go save the earth. You can play on either side in the game, as the Decepticons or as the Autobots.

Personally I would wait until the demo comes out, or go rent it.

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Father of the Playstation leaves Sony today

Posted on June 19, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Old School, PS2, PS3.

They just want you to think it looks smallAfter making the ridiculously huge waffle iron (sorry fanboys) called the PS3, Ken Kutaragi (who was the chairman and a chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment) left Sony today. He announced that he would be leaving last April, and has officially left the company. This doesn’t mean the PS3 will stop being developed, as he left his two year plan for the PS3 (which might hint that there will be a PS4 in two years [though we doubt it]).

In a final phrase that will kill almost any PS3 fanboy, Kutaragi stated that the future of the PS3 relies on Online Gaming and the Internet (not gaming titles? or price? or design? [hmmm…]). Sorry guys.

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Final Fantasy fans rejoice! FFXIII will not only be on the PS3

Posted on April 19, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, PS3, Wii.

Square Enix, the creators of Final Fantasy, announced that the newest Final Fantasy game, FF XII, will not be exclusive to the PS3. This totally sucks for people who bought a PS3 for the sole purpose of FFXII, as the game is most likely to release for the Wii or the DS as well. We are not sure about either console, but recently Square Enix raved about how great the Wii works and how the DS compliments RPG games. So FF fans who bought a PS3 for Final Fantasy gaming, you could have saved alot more money on Car Insurance by switching to Geico buying a Wii.

Square Enix has not officially announced the other systems, but they probably will soon.

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PS3 20GB version is all gone

Posted on April 12, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PS3.

Sony has removed their PS3 20GB system from the back of shipping trucks as there “wasn’t enough demand for it”. Sony says that they have “decided to focus our current efforts on the more popular 60GB model” rather then sell the 20GB version. So it will be a lot harder to find a 20GB model now, since Sony has stopped producing them (and boy did that die earlier then Sony probably thought it would). I would predict that prices for the 20GB version might go up on eBay because they are harder to find.

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